The Roots are best known these days for backing up Jimmy Fallon on 'The Tonight Show.'
When news that the A&E network was remaking Alex Haley’s Roots miniseries, surely some fans of the previous incarnation envisioned who would take over the lead role of Kunta Kinte that LeVar Burton made famous. British actor Malachi Kirby has been cast in the iconic role, which has the potential to be a star-making move.
Laurence Fishburne will star in A&E’s remake of the 1976 miniseries Roots in the role of author Alex Haley, who penned the novel Roots: The Saga of an American Family. The movie will be filmed using material from Haley’s signature work and will undoubtedly focus on the life and times of central character Kunta Kinte.
This makes it official; slavery is trendy in cinema in 2013. History channel has purchased the rights to Roots and will be remaking the groundbreaking 1977 ABC miniseries.